N.J.’s Heat Wave Leads to Early School Dismissals

New Jersey Heat Wave School Dismissals
New Jersey Heat Wave School Dismissals

Courtesy of NJ.com:

New Jersey Schools Adapt to Late-Summer Heat Wave

As the Garden State grapples with a sweltering late-summer heat wave, several educational institutions are making adjustments to their schedules.

The educational board of Winslow Township in Camden County has decided on a shortened school day from the start of the week, which will persist until the end of the week. This decision was influenced by the anticipated severe heat and humidity levels, as communicated by Superintendent H. Major Poteat on the school’s official portal. As a result, the concluding bell at Winslow Township High School will ring at 11:19 a.m., a deviation from the standard 1:38 p.m. dismissal.

In a similar vein, the Camden City educational district has slated half-day sessions for both Wednesday and Thursday, which mark the beginning of their academic calendar. Furthermore, they’ve opted to suspend all post-school and nocturnal activities. The district has also relayed to parents that owing to the citywide early release due to climatic conditions, transportation back home might experience a delay of approximately 30-40 minutes.

The educational community of Gloucester Township, serving grades K-8, has also echoed a similar sentiment, announcing a half-day on their inaugural day of the academic year.

All aforementioned districts are nestled in Camden County, where the mercury is predicted to touch the mid-to-high 90s in the coming days. As of the start of the week, prominent school districts in major New Jersey cities like Newark, Jersey City, and Paterson have yet to declare any alterations to their academic timetable.